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6th Annual Asian World Film Festival announces winners

Circus of Life, the Oscar submission from Pakistan, took the Snow Leopard Award for Best Film. Director Sarmad Sultan Khoosat received the award from Jury member Luba Balagova Kandoor.

The 6th ANNUAL ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (AWFF) announced the festival award winners.

Almost 40 films from over 20 participating countries were presented during the six-day Festival that included 11 Oscar submissions for Best International Feature Film and 12 Golden Globe submissions for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language.

Circus of Life, the Oscar submission from Pakistan, took the Snow Leopard Award for Best Film. Director Sarmad Sultan Khoosat received the award from Jury member Luba Balagova Kandoor.

Better Days, the Hong Kong Oscar submission, received the Snow Leopard Special Jury Award. Director Derek Tsang received the award from Jury member Livi Zheng. The Festival is delighted that on the day of the Awards Ceremony, Better Days was nominated for the Oscar for Best International Feature Film. 

The Snow Leopard Award for Best Actress went to Zhou Dongyu for her performance in Better Days. The award was presented by Jury member Lan Huang. 

The Snow Leopard Award for Best Actor went to Arif Hassan for his performance in Circus of Life. The award was presented by Jury member Joanne Goh. 

The Snow Leopard Distinction Award went to the Women Ensemble Cast for Japanese Oscar submission True Mothers. The award was presented by Jury member Nicolas Traube. 

Uzbekistan Golden Globe submission 2000 Songs of Farida received the Snow Leopard Audience Award. Director Yalkin Tuychiev received the award from Jury President Gulbara Tolomushova. 

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The HFPA Scholarship Award, presented to a new Asian short filmmaker, went to Tattoo (Iran), directed by Farhad Delaram. The runner-up was Monsters Never Know (China), directed by Ming Yang and in third place was Exam (Iran), directed by Sonia Hadad. 

Executive and Program Director Georges Chamchoum said, “Throughout all our screenings, special events and the Gala Ceremony for the Snow Leopard Award presentations and Honorary recipients, the Spirit of the Asian World Film Festival has been riding high. We have stayed true to ourselves, in that the Festival continues to showcase Creativity, Performance and Entertainment. It is a journey of discovery and not about political correctness, creed or color. We carry and hold our banner high with one word… talent!” 

“AWFF is thrilled that Tunisia’s The Man Who Sold His Skin, directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, and screened during the Festival, has also received an Oscar nomination for Best International Feature Film. We would like to wish both Better Days and The Man Who Sold His Skin every success at the 93rd Academy Awards this coming April,” added Managing Director Asel Sherniyazova. 

The seventh edition of the Asian World Film Festival will be a physical event and take place from November 3-11, 2021 in Culver City, Los Angeles.

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